From the Dolomites to the Adriatic by bike

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Few landscapes in Europe match the unique beauty of the Dolomites, part of the UNESCO world heritage list since 2009.

The cycling route starts in the heart of these superb mountains and following the course of the river Adige takes you to the palm-lined shores of Lake Garda. Further on, you’ll explore some remarkable Italian cities such as Verona, the town of Romeo & Juliet, Vicenza, renowned for the classical Palladio architecture, and Padua, home to one of the oldest Italian (and European) universities. At the end of the trip the timeless fascination of Venice will invite you to an exploration by foot and by water along its canals and small "calli".

MAIN TECHNICAL FEATURES:
Total km:  275/340 km
Total vertical up: 570/1,120 m
Terrain: 95% tarmac, 5% unpaved
Train connections among the overnight stays: every day
Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 3 and 5.
Suggested bike: Road and E-Bike (bike hire catalogue)
Difficulty degree: Medium. Please check Useful Information
Suggested clothing: technical equipment. Visit Bikelife store

HOW TO GET THERE:
By plane: The nearest airport to Bolzano is Verona and is connected to the main Italian airports by the following airlines:
Volotea from Alghero, Bari, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Lampedusa, Naples, Olbia and Palermo
Mistralair from Brindisi
Ryanair from Cagliari and Palermo
Meridiana from Cagliari and Olbia
Alitalia from Rome.
From the airport to Bolzano you can take an ATV shuttle bus to Verona Porta Nuova station (cost: € 6 on board, duration: 15 minutes). For more information visit the website: www.atv.verona.it From here take a train that takes you to your destination, Bolzano (cost: about € 13, duration: about 1 ½ hours).

By train: Trenitalia. Plan your journey on Trenitalia
By car:  Plan your journey on Google Maps
HIGHLIGHTS: 

Bolzano, Trento, the Odle-Dolomites, Desenzano, Peschiera, Verona, Vicenza, Padua, Mestre, Venice
Travel details:

 Dedicated to those who love the plains, the slow pace, stop to visit and take a few more photos: the tour is suitable for everyone even for those who are at the first experience of cycling holidays.

PROGRAM:

1. Bolzano
Individual arrival. Bolzano is a famous commercial and tourist centre and also a historical and cultural connection between the Italian and the German world.

2. Bolzano – Trento (65/70 km)
Today you will ride mostly along the Adige River, through orchards and vineyards passing the villages of Ora, Egna and Salorno. The dam pathways lead then to Trento. Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train in several train stations along the way.

3. Trento – Desenzano/Peschiera (50 km by bike + ferry)
Always pedaling along the Adige you reach Rovereto and Mori. From here westwards towards Lake Garda. After a short ascent, a refreshing descent will follow and lead you to Torbole and to Riva. The ferry cruise takes you to the southern part of the lake.

4. Desenzano/Peschiera – Verona (60/35 km)
Today you head to Verona. With the Adige crossing it, this is one of the most important and beautiful cities in the Veneto region. Worth visiting are: the Roman Arena, the Church of San Zeno and Juliet’s House.

5. Verona – Vicenza (75/40 km)
At first, the route starts out flat and then heads through the Monti Berici, a hilly region just south of Vicenza, with a wonderful view of the city. The old city centre is characterised by the beautiful private palaces and public buildings by Andrea Palladio, the famous 16th century architect known all over the world. Possibility to shorten the stage by taking the train in San Bonifacio.

6. Vicenza – Padua (45 km)
Cycling out of Vicenza you will come across the beautiful Palladian Villa Rotonda. Along the Bacchiglione river, the route will continue to the fascinating city of Padua with its famous Giotto’s Chapel and one of the biggest squares of Europe, "Prato della Valle".

7. Padua – Mestre/Venice (40 km)
The tour continues easily through the flat Veneto. You will cycle along the Brenta Canal, overlooked by the countryside villas of the ancient Venetian nobility (Villa Pisani, Malcontenta, Villa Widmann) until you reach Mestre, Venice’s mainland.

8. Mestre/Venice
Departure after breakfast.


PRICE AND SURCHARGE

PRICE: TO BE DEFINED per person

MIN GROUP SIZE:
Special departure dates for at least 5 people

ACCOMMODATION:
In approved with an agreement Hotels, B&B, guest-houses.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:
7 nights hotel accommodation. Breakfast buffet. 7 dinners (3-course meals, 1 dinner in Venice). Welcome briefing in English. Guide on bike. Luggage transportation. Travel. Guide, Maps. Support van in the area. 4-hour ferry cruise on Lake Garda. Wine tasting. Guided visits of Verona and Venice. Entrance to Villa Valmarana ai Nani. Ice-cream in the best ice cream parlour in Vicenza. Hotline service.

NOT INCLUDED:
Local taxes (approx.15 €). Everything not mentioned in the section "included"

Tour programme variations
Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; any changes to the route will be discussed and decided by the Tour Leader. In case of strike, bad weather conditions, technical breakdowns, safety problems or any other reason preventing the regular departure of the ferry boat (from Riva del Garda to Peschiera/Desenzano), the ferry boat company can delay, cancel or deviate the navigation without notice. In case of cancellation the ferry boat service will be replaced by alternative means of transport (usually by bus). The same applies if the ferry boat service is no longer foreseen (for example at the end of the season).

DESCRIPTIONS, TOURS, TRAILS, DETAILS ARE ONLY INDICATIVE. ANY OTHER INFO WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER BOOKING CONFIRMATION

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